Building bridges

Lisbon (Portugal)



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  • Collaboration

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

This course is run in collaboration with ALMADA MUNDO.

Almada Mundo: International Association for Education, Formation and Innovation
Praça Capitães de Abril 2A/2B
2805-111 Pragal, Almada
PIC =911640533

  • What


In modern society there is a real risk that education (school) and the local community are evolving towards separate pathways and directions. This is problematic as several international studies pointed out that the local community can strengthen the impact and effect of education.

The International Association of Educating Cities was created at the 1st International Congress of Educating Cities, held in Barcelona in 1990 to close this gap. At that moment the initial Charter was approved. The Charter was revised in 1994 and in 2004, in order to improve and adapt its concepts to the new challenges and social needs we face.


1 All the inhabitants of a city have the right to enjoy the opportunities for education that the city offers.
2 The city will promote education in diversity.
3 An educating city will foster dialogue between generations.
4 The municipal policies of an educational character shall always be inspired by the principles of social justice and democratic community spirit.
5 The municipalities exercise their powers effectively in matters of education. They shall put forward a broad and integrated education policy, included formal, non-formal and informal education.
10 The municipal administration must equip the city with spaces, facilities and public services paying special attention to children and youth.
14 The city will make an effort to provide parents with the education they need to help their children.
16 The city must develop affirmative action policies against mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization.

The City of Lisbon and the City of Almada are both member of the International Association of Educating Cities and can bear the title of ‘Cidade Educadora’.

In these cities several examples of the implementation of the charter are realised.

In this course we offer input on the manner local communities can support and help education. It offers methodologies schools can use to enhance their cooperation with the local community.

Some parts of the course are organised on location, such as Municipal departments, centres for educational inclusion, care-taking facilities operated by schools and local authorities and schools.

Session 1: Determination of needs

How to determine the needs of a school, how to be aware of the potential support of a local authority, how to integrate in school’s quality plan

Session 2: School as a hub between learners, parents and local community

How to include parent’s participation, division of tasks between school and local authority, practical and logistic aspects, infrastructural aspects, school premises: private or public use

Study visit to education support centre and schools in Lisbon

Session 3: Administrative and financial aspects

What kind of contract between schools and local authorities, financial impact and funding, European Social Fund

Study visit to the Education Department of the City of Almada

Session 4: Psychological and pedagogical approaches

Awareness of differences in target group, handling differences, communication with different actors, role of police, role of social services

Study visit to centre for family support SKILZ (Lisbon)

Session 5: How to set up and incorporate an affective bond between school and local community

Common pedagogical project, professionalisation activities for teachers, school policy

Study visit to primary school E.B. Carlos Gargaté, Charneca da Caparica